This year for Christmas as a family we received passes to National Trust for the year, with the plan to use them on weekends at home but also when we were away too. Recently during our Easter holiday stay in Cheddar Woods, we visited Tyntesfield property in North Somerset, not far from Bristol.
It was a bright sunny day in the Easter holidays so lots of other people had the same idea, which meant we had to queue a while to get into the car park. However, once inside the grounds it really didn’t feel busy at all.
Entrance was included with our passes although we chose to pay extra from Mini to do the Easter trail. She was given a map with activities to do at various locations, such as reading a book or colouring a picture. The trail was well thought out and was more involved than others we’d done that week. Sadly some of the activities hadn’t been looked after and were unusable.
The Tyntesfield estate was large and sprawling, they even ran a little shuttle bus around the site for those that needed it. The house itself stands proudly in the middle of the estate and has its own chapel attached. We could have explored the house as part of our annual pass but decided as it was such a lovely day to spend the time outside instead.
We found a lovely play area which Mini enjoyed exploring. It also happened to be right next to the café so Mr Mack and I indulged in a spot of tea and cake whilst she played, we were on holiday after all. Not all National Trust properties have a children’s play area, and some have a more natural woodland play area. Tyntesfield also has an even bigger children’s play area than the one we found but we didn’t realise until we were leaving and it was at the other end of the estate, hidden in the woods. We will make sure we explore that if we go back again. Mini didn’t mind too much as she was happy exchanging her trail map for a Easter egg.
After our tea and cake stop we had a slow walk back through the estate towards the car park. It was lovely to appreciate the gardens and beautiful flowers. Mini was more interested in running around in the free open space, which is the great thing about National Trust properties, they encourage children to explore the spaces freely.
We all enjoyed our afternoon at Tyntesfield and feel that there would be plenty more to explore if we visited again including a tour of the house and the hidden play area in the woods.
To find up to date ticket price and opening hours visit the Tyntesfield website here.
If you are looking for other family friendly activities to do in Somerset we also visited and would recommend the following attractions: